What We’re Reading: February 2013

We’ve had a busier reading month this month, and that always makes me happy.  Books are my thing, so anytime the kids want me to read with them, I try to drop what I’m doing and read.

Firecracker’s Reads:

Firecracker’s starting to read on his own.  It makes me happy.  He hasn’t worked up the courage to try a chapter book on his own yet, but I know he will very soon.

He mostly stuck to drawing books again this month.  He read Draw Insects, how to draw cartoon birds, and how to draw weapons.  The kimdle linked ones are ones that I got for free.  I actually got more of them free, but these are the ones he’s actually used.   He likes birds, so he’s really enjoyed the bird one.

how to draw cartoon birds characters step by step (how to draw comics and cartoon characters)

I only saw him pick up one book to read this month.  It was Kick, Pass, and Run which is a really cute early reader about football.

Rose’s Reads:

Rose has wanted to learn how to read, so we’ve been reading a page or two out of McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer each day.  She’s also been playing games on Starfall and some story-based apps (like Grimm’s Red Riding Hood ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Book and Wubbzy’s Train Adventure).

What I’m Reading to the Toddlers:

I’m still reading the same variety of books to the toddlers that I have been.  This month their favorite book was The Very Busy Spider.

The Very Busy Spider

What I’m Reading to the Kids:

We’ve read several Magic Tree House books including Earthquake in the Early MorningStage Fright on a Summer NightGood Morning, Gorillas, and Thanksgiving on Thursday.

We also went on a Larryboy frenzy.  We got the Larryboy chapter books for Christmas, and this month we read all but one of them.  These books were Larryboy and the Emperor of EnvyLarryboy and the Awful Ear Wacks AttacksLarryboy and the Sinister Snow DayLarryboy and the YodelnapperLarryboy–the Good, the Bad, and the EgglyLarryBoy in the Attack of Outback JackLarryBoy in the Amazing Brain-Twister, and LarryBoy and the Abominable Trashman!.  I’ve been reading a lot of Larryboy!

LarryBoy and the Abominable Trashman! (Big Idea Books / LarryBoy)

We’ve also read an assortment of other books.   They are:

Angry Birds Playground: Animals: An Around-the-World Habitat Adventure

Life of Fred: Edgewood

Eyewitness: Football

Rodents!  (I got this one for free.  Don’t pay money for it.)

It’s Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History

Adventures in VeggieTown

Everything we read this  month was long.

What I’m Reading:

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe–I needed this book.  I’ve also pulled a couple chapters aside and reread them already as I needed them.  Having the two toddlers so close together has really rocked my world, and I needed the encouragement from this book.

2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month–I got this one as a free download, and I pulled it out because I’ve been trying to work on my way too massive grocery budget and bring it under control.  This book is really basic, so don’t pay money for it unless you’re a beginner to grocery budgeting.

Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage–My facilitator recommended this book in a Bible study I’m participating in.  It was a good reminder of some things that I should already remember, but there’s no new information here.  It was a pleasant read.

Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn–This is awesome!  I finished this book in  less than 24 hours.  It’s full of humor and of good observations about motherhood.

Free to Learn: Five Ideas for a Joyful Unschooling Life–This one is only $2.99 on the Kindle.  Grab it!  You’ll be glad you did.

Intimacy Ignited: Conversations Couple to Couple: Fire Up Your Sex Life with the Song of Solomon–I bought this when it was $0.99 or $1.99 for the Kindle.  I thought it would help me understand the Song of Solomon better because we were reading the Song of Solomon in Bible study.  It did help, but it was kind of preachy and bogged down in marriage advice, some of  which was really cheesy.

The Homeschool Highway: How to Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick–I got this for free on Kindle but would easily pay the $2.99 that is normal price on Amazon.  She’s very balanced and no nonsense, and this book is chock full of good advice.

Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate–This is is something every Christian should read.  Whether or not you agree with his theological conclusions, Lee’s personal story is riveting.  Read this book.  Feel more compassion.  Act with more grace.  Love people like Christ did!!



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